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Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their Souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator, i Pet, 4. 19.
For he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Heb.
And now , Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psal.
0 spare me, that I may recover
strength, before I go hence, and be
no more. Psal. 39. 13.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that J desire besides thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psal. 73. %5,'i6.
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Jrayen son.. Patience under
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OTliou God of Patience and Consolation, give me Patience and Submission under the Pains and Confinement of a.Side Bed.
Whatever thou shalt please to lay upon me, it is thy Doing, and .my Deserving.
Canst not thou do what thou wilt with thine own? I will therefore lay my hand upon my Mouth, and fay, // is the Lord, let him da what seemeth him Goad*
But why do I complain of what I have deserved? Wherefore doth a living man csmj>/j/n, a man for the Vmijhmeni of hit Sins? O, let me never charge God foolishly , nor offend thee by an impatient and uneasy Spirit.
, ...Lord, I humbly lye down unD 4 der
der thy Rod. Do with me as thou pleasest. I am thine, thy Creature, the Work of thy Hands.
But consider, O lord, of what I am made: Remember that I am but Fleih and Dust, frail and corruptible Flefli. ». Deal gently with me; and in the midst of Judgment, do thou remember Mercy.
Let thy Grace be the support of my Weakness, and let the fense of thy Mercies sweeten all my Sorrows. For the fake of my dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
O Merciful Father, I desire rtot only to submit, but to be Thankful.
I am indeed in Trouble and in Pain, but it is for my Good j to Amend and Reform me.
Thou dost correct those whom thou dost love, and dost chastise every one whom thou dost receive.
I desire therefore to accept of this thy Fatherly Correction, as a Token of thy Love, and a Means of my own Happiness. By humbling me for my Sins; By w caning me from this world; and by fitting afid preparing me for the Glories of the next.
'Tis thy Mercy that makes my Bed in my Sickness; that considereth my Weakness, and supporteth me.
^Thou puttest my Tears into thy Bottle; Thou hearest all my Groans, and pitiest them; and 'wilt find a Cure, or put an end to them in thy due time.
And though my flefli and my heart fail me. And though alt. outward Helps and Comforts fail me; be thou, O Father, the Strength of my heart, and ray Portion forever^ Through the D 5 '* .• * Me^
Merits of Jesiis Christ; my dear Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Having thus taken care not to increase pur Guilt, by any Frowardnefi of Tems er, or Impatient Behaviour, your great and thief Work Is, i. To serfeB and comfort your Repentance.
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Of Repentance upon a Sick
HEre pray observe -, I do not barely fay , that the Sick Person is to Repent,, (this I hope he did in the time of his Healths but I am to admonish him to/wist and compleat his Repentance, t>y reviewing the State of his Soul, and perfecting his Accounts with God.
And that this is the Orthodox Doctrine, and Prudent Practice of the Church of England ± is plain from the Order for th$ Visitation of the Sick,